The Select board established a Westford Energy Committee in the spring of 2009 with the objectives to reduce energy use and increase awareness and use of renewable energy. In 2017 the Selectboard reorganized the Energy Committee in to order assist the Planning Commission in drafting a Westford Energy Plan that conforms with the State’s substantial deference criterion.
The Energy Committee meets TBA in the basement of the Westford Town Offices.
Over the years, the committee has delivered on its objects by securing grants for energy related upgrades for the Town Office and Library, hosting Button-Up Vermont presentations to educate about weatherization projects, and the successful implementation of the Westford PACE program.
In 2012, town residents voted to establish a Westford PACE program. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is a way of financing energy efficient home improvements by borrowing money and tying the payments to a property rather than the owner. PACE financing payments can be transferred to a new homeowner at any time, including before the assessment has been paid off.
PACE has now been fully implemented by the Selectboard enabling residents to apply for this financing. The program is administered for the town by Efficiency Vermont. You can learn more about the program or submit for the next application period at this location.